“A wedding is a day…a marriage is a lifetime.” Our parish follows the guidelines set forth by the Diocese of Palm Beach for the marriage preparation process. Contact our Pastor, Father Horgan for more information or contact the Parish Office. Please allow six months to complete the marriage preparation process.
Areas of the Wedding
- Mass or Ceremony
- Wedding Rehearsal
- Photography & Videography
- Aisle Runners
- Seasonal Church Colors
- Bridal Room
- Dress Code
- Altar Servers
- Receiving Line
- Required Documents
All music for weddings is under the direction of the Director of Music and Liturgy. The music performed and sung will be by the Director and parish cantor. Guest soloists may perform but you must notify the Director of Music beforehand. Any additional musicians/singers can be hired for an additional rate per musician. Please contact the Music Director to arrange for this. The wedding worksheets for the music, liturgy, and wedding party information are to be turned into the Marriage Preparation Coordinator at least 4 weeks prior to the date of marriage and no changes or additions can be made less than a month before the date of marriage.
Mass or Ceremony
For marriages in which the bride or the groom are non-Catholic, it is suggested that the wedding be celebrated as a Ceremony. If both parties are Catholic, the wedding may be celebrated as a Mass or a Ceremony. The difference between the two is the Celebration of the Eucharist. If the wedding is celebrated as a Ceremony, the time is only approximately 10-15 minutes shorter than a wedding with a Mass, which normally lasts about an hour. If there is a special tradition you would like during your wedding ceremony, i.e. cords, coins, etc. please note this on the wedding worksheets.
The rehearsal allows members of the wedding party to become familiar with the environment and the specific roles they will assume in the ceremony or liturgy. We ask that only those who are participating in the liturgy, i.e. entire wedding party, readers, parents, gift bearers, flower girl, ring bearer, ushers be present at the rehearsal. Due to the high probability that several rehearsals may be scheduled on the same evening, please be on time. Our parish provides a bridal consultant/sacristan who will assist at the rehearsal and direct the wedding party at the time of the ceremony along with the presider. If you have a marriage coordinator, they may attend the rehearsal, but please keep in mind that they have no responsibilities in the church, at the rehearsal, before or during the ceremony. You must bring your marriage license, stipends, and guest book to the night of the rehearsal. Our parish does not provide or rent out space for rehearsal dinners and/or wedding receptions. If you wish to have a program for your ceremony, this is done on an individual basis as the parish does not provide this.
One floral arrangement may be placed in front of the altar or two small arrangements can be placed on either side, but not on top. We do supply pedestals if needed; they are 24″, 36″ or 48″. Pew decorations are not permitted, i.e. pew bows. During the season of Lent, all arrangements must be removed from the church immediately following the ceremony. Please designate a responsible party to take care of this. Flowers girls are not permitted to drop any materials on to the floor during the ceremony and rose petals may not be thrown inside or outside of the church due to the risk of an injury.
Photography & Videography
Photographs may be taken 30 minutes prior to the ceremony and 30 minutes immediately following the ceremony. Photographers may not interfere with the liturgical action of the wedding celebration in any way. Aisle Runners– Aisle runners are not allowed due to the risk of injury. There is a center aisle and it is approximately 63′ long.
Aisle runners are not allowed due to the risk of injury. There is a center aisle and it is approximately 63′ long.
Seasonal Church Colors
Advent: Weddings celebrated during Advent will have a purple and pink altar cloth and ribbons. The Advent candles will be present in the altar area.
Lent: Weddings celebrated during Lent will have a purple altar cloth throughout the altar area. There are no floral arrangements in the church for Lenten Sundays; therefore, you must make arrangements for your flowers to be removed after the ceremony. The altar area will also be decorated accordingly.
Thanksgiving: The altar area may be decorated with fall colors and liturgical enhancements for the season close to the holiday.
Christmas: Weddings celebrated during the Christmas season will have a white (cream) altar cloth, traditional Christmas colors, a cresch, garland, trees, and poinsettias throughout the altar area along with any other liturgical decoration.
Easter: Weddings celebrated during Easter will have a white (cream) altar cloth and spring colors. A gold cloth will also be draped throughout the altar area.
Ordinary Time: The altar area will have a green altar cloth that may change to white or red depending on special celebrations.
A holding room is provided for the bride and her attendants prior to the ceremony for last-minute grooming, but please be advised that it is not a dressing room. It is also recommended to designate someone to collect belongings and to remove them from holding room prior to the ceremony.
We ask that all dresses be modest in taste and style and for the bride to please keep in mind the reverence for the church and priest and the sanctity of the Sacrament. Dresses should not be low cut or inappropriate.
One altar server will be required for all weddings. We have and will provide a specially trained server for your wedding.
If you insist on a receiving line after your ceremony please be aware that it will limit your picture-taking-time and you will not have the full 30 minutes after for pictures. It is advised to do this at your reception site.
Documents: Father Horgan will complete the Diocesan pre-marital questionnaire (Form A) with each couple at the initial interview. The couple will then need to provide the following documents for marriage preparation:
Form B’s: The bride and groom will each receive two witness affidavits. The forms verify their freedom to marry. Each form will need to be completed by a parent, a sibling, a relative, or by a friend who has known the couple for two or more years (by four separate people). These forms will need to be notarized.
Baptismal Certificate: If Catholic, you will be required to obtain a recently issued baptismal certificate from your Church of Baptism dated within 6 months of your date of marriage. If non-Catholic, a certificate of baptism is also required. A copy of the original certificate is acceptable only for a non-Catholic party.
Confirmation Certificate: (if applicable)-This can be obtained from the church where the Sacrament of Confirmation was received.
Previous Marriage: If there was a previous marriage(s), church or civil, a “Decree of Nullity” will be required along with the certified divorce decree and a copy of the marriage license of the previous marriage. If the previous spouse is deceased, a copy of the death certificate will be required.
Under 19 years old: If under the age of 19, a written and notarized parental permission is required and the couple must adhere to Diocesan rules for youthful marriages. A Pre-marital counseling session will also be a requirement.
Beloved: Certificate of Completion
License: The marriage license must be brought to the night of the rehearsal. This is obtained from the County Clerk’s office prior to the rehearsal.
You Must be on time to rehearsals and it is mandatory that the wedding party and bride/groom arrive no less than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time of the marriage.
- There are absolutely no alcoholic beverages, gum, or food items allowed in the church at the rehearsal or during the ceremony.
- Bubbles and the throwing of rice, birdseed or confetti are prohibited on the church property after a wedding ceremony. Please save this for your reception site.
- Please remember that the church is here to assist you in the Sacrament of Marriage and we ask that you show the utmost respect for the church and follow the rules and guidelines we have provided for you here.
We greatly appreciate your assistance in this matter.
Please call the parish office or Fr. Horgan at least 6 months prior to the desired wedding date. You can call the parish office at 561-278-1280